EU/EFTA air carriers

In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008, foreign air carriers based in member states of the European Union (EU) or the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) do not require a permit for flights between the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

A separate application or notification is therefore not necessary. 

Important notices:

  • For 5th to 7th freedom charter flights between Switzerland and non-member states of the EEA, the conditions governing Non-EU/EFTA air carriers are applicable. A separate application is always required!
  • Cabotage flights within Switzerland are not governed by the existing bilateral air services agreements and always require a permit. 

Further information


Federal Office of Civil Aviation FOCA

Traffic rights
Tel: +41 58 465 42 98
or +41 58 465 91 25
Fax: +41 58 465 53 66

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday
08.15-12.00 / 13.00-16.30

Please note: Applications submitted outside normal office hours cannot be dealt with immediately.

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